Srinagar, June 25: Former Features Editor of Greater Kashmir, Dr Fazal Malik has been appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Amity University, Dubai.
A seasoned academic leader and media practitioner, Dr Malik is a pass-out of the Media Education Research Centre (MERC), University of Kashmir.
Dr Malik has over two decades of international exposure in educational management, journalism and interdisciplinary research.
He started his journey from the MERC Srinagar as a lecturer.
During this time when 'Greater Kashmir' was launched as the first English language daily newspaper from Kashmir, he joined as the Features Editor which opened the doors for the media graduates of the University of Kashmir to practice journalism there.
“I count my days at the University of Kashmir and Greater Kashmir as the best part of my life,” Dr Malik told Greater Kashmir over phone from Dubai.
A recepient of Commonwealth Fellowship in mid 90s, he went to study International Journalism at the City University in London.
In the UK, Dr Malik worked for several newspapers of repute including Asian Age, The News International, and freelanced for the Guardian.
During this time, he also set up community radio stations for the disadvantaged communities in the inner city areas of the UK, which are still broadcasting on FM, providing interactive platforms for community engagement.
Dr Malik later joined the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as a broadcast journalist and worked there for 6 years, producing news and current affairs programmes for various BBC network stations in Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, and the World Service.
He made transition to academia after completing PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from the Institute of Cultural Analysis, Nottingham Trent University where he taught briefly before joining the Higher Colleges of Technology, the largest Federal University in the UAE to start media studies departments at eight different campuses.
In this capacity, he also managed the Masters Program in Cultural and Creative Industries in association with Goldsmiths College, University of London.
After serving for 9 long years as Associate Dean for Applied Media School at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Dr Malik was headhunted to start Humanities and Arts school at the newly established Amity University in a sprawling state of the art campus in Dubai International Academic City. Providing a successful leadership for the school of Humanities, Arts and Applied Sciences, he successfully established undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Journalism, Film and TV, Animation, Fashion, Hospitality, Psychology, Economics, Forensic Sciences and Law.
To contextualise learning within the Arab world and to engage with the UAE strategic direction, Dr Malik was elevated to the position of Vice President Academics along with the responsibility for institutional effectiveness with a mandate to secure various national and international institutional and programme accreditations.
His unique insights into academia, leadership skills and capacity to engage with the industry have helped him secure the Pro Vice Chancellor position at Amity University Dubai which is emerging as a premier higher education institution for research and innovation in the region.
A strong believer in technology-enabled learning and innovative practice, Dr Malik is passionate about lifelong learning.
His illustrious career has seen him create bridges between theory and practice and between academia and industry.
He is also the editor of the 'Global Media Journal - Arabian edition' and the editor of the compendium, 'Current Practices and Future Trends in Media Communication'.
He is also the editorial board member of Scopus Indexed Journal of Content, Community and Communication.
A prolific researcher, Dr Malik has authored scores of publications, presentations and commentaries on the relationship between media, place and identity.
His forthcoming book 'Media from Margins- A subaltern view of Marginalisation' is published by Palgrave Macmillan.
A known commentator on higher education, creative industries and innovative disruptions, Dr Malik writes op-ed column for Gulf News, Khaleej Times and The National in the UAE.